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NIAGARA FALLS – Students at Cataract Elementary School were sent home early from school Tuesday after a water main break was discovered.

Just before noon, water could be seen gushing down one side of 66th Street in front of the school.

After the school contacted parents and guardians of the students, they were dismissed at about 12:30 p.m., the district said in an email.

“It is too soon to tell if this will affect school tomorrow,” district spokeswoman Judie Glaser said in an email later in the day Tuesday.

The city and the Niagara Falls Water Board have been faced with five clusters of frozen water pipes at residences and businesses across the city in recent days, including in Haeberle Plaza.

Some customers had been without water going on a week, with others reporting a loss of water Thursday and Friday.

By early Monday evening, four of the approximately 12 affected houses on 72nd and 77th streets had their lines thawed out, with the rest to have been supplied with temporary water by the use of hoses from neighboring houses by late Monday.

The City Council on Monday approved funding to hire a contractor and pay for overtime to deal with issues on 72nd and 77th streets.

At Monday night’s Council meeting, Mayor Paul A. Dyster said his administration was unaware of the water service problems in areas other than 72nd and 77th streets.

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